33 When they heard this, they were furious and wanted to put them to death. 34 But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, who was honored by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a little while. 35 Then he addressed the Sanhedrin: “Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men. 36 Some time ago Theudas appeared, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men rallied to him. He was killed, all his followers were dispersed, and it all came to nothing. 37 After him, Judas the Galilean appeared in the days of the census and led a band of people in revolt. He too was killed, and all his followers were scattered. 38 Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. 39 But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”
40 His speech persuaded them. They called the apostles in and had them flogged. Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.
41 The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. 42 Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.
I wish we lived by this: “For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. 39 But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.” Instead we fight full force against anything we think isn’t of God. Often the church finds itself fighting over preferences and desires versus fighting FOR a cause. We need our churches to start leaving things alone that aren’t a part of God’s command for us to change. We need to focus on the purpose at hand: Love others and share the news of Christ. We need to stop getting caught up in the amount of sin around us as that should be expected! We should, instead, focus on showing Christ’s love regardless of the context. It’s as though grace and acceptance can only be performed from our pews and chairs from within the Church. We preach and teach about how we are all fallen and make mistakes, from within the church we agree, and amen. THEN we leave those walls and all of a sudden we are the judge and jury of all surrounding activities. What if we left everyone alone and let God defend Himself, and instead we just obeyed what He said for us to do… If only. Unfortunately, the church thinks we are a tool for condemnation when God has asked us to be an ambassador for reconciliation.
God I know that I am inclined to get hotheaded about things that I think are wrong, or bad. I know that I jump to attacking things that seem negative. Help me, instead, to just listen for your guidance. To evaluate what YOU are telling me to do. Instead of being a seeming “righteous warrior” who is following their flesh let me be a faithful ambassador only doing the things YOU call me to do.
These have turned into an apology setting mostly lol. My suggestion today is find someone you have allowed division to separate you from. Evaluate if it was because you stepped out against something God told you to do, or if it was just your flesh attacking them. Remember Paul acknowledged the worship of God’s by those in Athens and he didn’t berate them for it, instead he just unveiled truth in addition to it. Don’t tear down someone’s foundation and expect you’ll rebuild quickly. Find those people you’ve torn the foundation from and try to reconcile things!! You’re not a tool for condemnation, your a proxy for God to appeal to the world.